Dr. Frances Chandler Bursary Fund


We are pleased to announce the CARA executive committee voted unanimously to name the CARA bursary fund for students in the Research Administration Certificate in honour of Past President Dr. Frances Chandler.

As a long time CARA member Fran's contribution to professional development has been exceptional - she has mentored countless new research administrators, presented several webinars and taught a course in the Research Administration Certificate. As CARA President, Fran established the partnership with Mohawk College that resulted in the development of Canada's first college certificate in research administration. The program had 12 graduates in its first year and currently has over 100 students. In stewarding the partnership, Fran prioritized academic excellence and accessibility and contributed significantly to program development. 

CARA re-invests money from the partnership with Mohawk College in bursaries for our members who are advancing the profession through their studies. The association's commitment to supporting members reflects Fran’s long-time commitment and vision to have formal education in the profession. We are honoured to have her leadership and recognize the legacy of her tangible achievements by naming this fund in her honour for the next five years.


Apply here for the 2020-2023 Research Administration Certificate Bursary.


Donor Wall

At CARA 2018, Josh Leslie of Stewardly founded and sponsored the Change the Future campaign by challenging CARA members to save a quarter each week until the next conference in support of bursaries for the fully online Research Administration Certificate at Mohawk College. CARA members responded with $1445 in donations at CARA 2019! Process Pathways donated another $500 and CARA made a donation in lieu of speaker gifts.

Special thanks to member Karen Mosier for her generous donation of prizes in support of the Change the Future campaign prize draw.

The campaign continues, so please join us as we aim to double the donations at CARA 2021 in St. John's!


Platinum Level - $500 +

Josh Leslie, Stewardly        |   Dan Gubekjian, RM Signs & Engraving Inc

Frances Chandler               |    Process Pathways 


Gold Level - up to $500

Deborah Zornes                |          Sarah Lampson             |

Katie Porter                       |        Anonymous Donor           |


Silver Level - up to $100

Anne Klymenko              |            Angela Zeno                  |               Anita Chiu

The Personal                  |                           


Bronze Level - up to $20

Francesca Abbruzzese    |         Phani Adapa                    |               Pierre-Jean Alarco

Scott Baker                      |         Valérie Bourbonnais         |                Rachel Brown

Maria Capizzi                   |          Helen Chan                     |                Josée Charest

Tessa Chang                    |         Paula Clarke                    |                 Erica Conte                                        

Kyle Demes                      |         Jacqueline Dockray         |                Melanie Duffenais     

Susan Evans                    |          Ann Fong                        |               Marie-Claude Fortin     

Julie Frédette                   |          Louise Green                  |              Drew Gyorke                    

Diane Johnston                |          Jeremy Knight                 |              Helene Lawrence       

Le Li                                 |          Vanessa Lodermeier       |              Gordon MacDonald    

Michelle McGinn              |          Jamie McInnis                 |              Jason Mirzaie       

Macarena Pampillo          |         David Phipps                    |               Meghna Ramaswamy

Bettina Ruhstein              |         Inga Sliskovic                    |              Melissa Squires           

Alex Willis                        |


Thank you to all donors, including those who have chosen to remain anonymous!